12.55pm: BJP's Balbir Punj criticises PM's Hyderabad visit
"PM's visit to the blast site will not make any difference. It is a non-event," Punj told CNN-IBN.
12.50pm Prime Minister Manmohan speaks to the media in Hyderabad:
"I pray for the speedy recovery of those who are injured.. I would also like to extend my condolences to the families of the bereaved. Centre has assured AP govt of maximum support. I appeal to the people to maintain calm..."
12.20pm Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visits hospitals, meets injured in Thursday's Hyderabad blasts.
11.40am: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visits the twin blasts sites at Dilsukh Nagar in Hyderabad, reports PTI.
11.00am PM lands at Hyderabad airport
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh landed at Hyderabad's Begumpet airport to go to Dilsukh Nagar, the site of Thursday's twin blasts.
They were received by Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan and Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy along with other senior officials of the state.
Singh took a chopper to Victoria Memorial Home and from there he will go to Dilshuk Nagar.
The prime minister will also pay a visit to two private hospitals where some of the blast victims are being treated, a senior government official said.
After visiting hospitals, Singh is scheduled to go back to Victoria Memorial and fly back to the Begumpet airport to leave for Delhi in the afternoon.
With PTI input
Following the twin blasts on Thursday (21 February) evening at Dilsukh Nagar in Hyderabad, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will today visit the blasts site and enquire about the condition of those admitted in different hospitals for injury.
The blasts killed 16 people and injured 117.
"This is a dastardly attack, the guilty will not go unpunished", the prime minister had said on Thursday.
Keeping in view of the delicate security situation, the prime minister's travel plans, who is expected to reach Hyderabad at 11am from New Delhi, have been kept minimal on road. Singh will take an Indian Air Force chopper from Begumpet airport to Dilsukh Nagar.
The prime minister will visit the blasts site and also the hospitals where the injured are recuperating.
In view of Singh's visit, traffic has been diverted at many places across Hyderabad.
The prime minister will also be briefed by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Reddy, sources said.
The Centre on Friday came under sharp attack in Parliament, with the Opposition saying terror was being dealt with in a casual manner.
Strongly condemning the blasts, the prime minister had said soon after the incident that those responsible for the “dastardly” act would not go unpunished.
He appealed to the public to remain calm and maintain peace.
Singh has sanctioned Rs 2 lakh each to next of kin of those killed in the blasts and Rs 50,000 each to those seriously injured from the PM’s Relief Fund.
Investigators today claimed to have got “vital clues” in the probe, with the needle of suspicion zeroing in on banned militant outfit Indian Mujahideen.
Police announced Rs 10 lakh award for information leading to the perpetrators of the serial blasts.
First Published On : Feb 24, 2013 12:50 IST